I’m flying to Nashville right now to meet some people to talk about a tour I’m doing with a pretty big Christian artist.
Although this will be my 4th or so tour, I can genuinely tell you that there is nothing ‘normal’ about it.
My wife and I are always stunned every single time. Its an incredibly exciting privilege that we don’t take for granted.
The only thing I’m not looking forward to is having to answer this question again.
'So how did you do this? How did you get to go on tour with Sanctus Real?'
I get this question a bunch and I think most of the time, what people are really asking is, how can I do that?
'Please tell me what you did so I can do it cause I want a gig like this or the equivalent of it for my dream.'
To be fair, I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with that question. The problem is, I don’t think they really want to hear the answer.
What did I do?
I mowed lawns.
Yup. That’s it.
I mowed lawns for years.
Experience matters but I’ve always been a gifted communicator. The only difference between 1999-2008 and 2008-2011 is no one knew or cared back then.
Don’t get me wrong, I tried to get people to notice but per my post yesterday, God decided it wasn’t time so he pulled some divine strings to make sure only my bedroom furniture ever heard me preach.
I soon realized that I had 2 options. Take shortcuts and do things my own way to make my dream happen or be faithful where God had me, which was mowing lawns and shoveling snow.
Could there be something more irrelevant to wanting to go into ministry than mowing lawns?
I mean, what does mowing lawns have to do with speaking?
I can honestly say there’s no way in the world I’d be doing what I’m doing right now without mowing all those lawns with my buddy Tim for years.
You see, its not about the specifics of where God has you right now. God is God. Seriously. He spoke the entire cosmos into existence, do you really think he’s worried about how in the world you’ll get to where you need to be from where you are?
The reason you’re waiting is not because God is trouble-shooting how to bring about what he promised. What God is concerned about is your heart.
Will you be faithful where you are no matter how insignificant it seems compared to your dreams?
I’m not saying I loved mowing lawns (you should see my journal entries from those years) but I did it and I did it faithfully for a long time.
Then one day out of nowhere, God gave me a small platform. It wasn’t thousands of people or even hundreds. But I didn’t care. 10 people was more than grass, so I preached my heart out.
Then soon 10 became 50. Then 50, 100. Then someone asked me to be on a tour. And here we are.
In a week an a half, I’m about to tour 12 cities with Toby Mac. I get to challenge an average of 2000 people at each event to change the world. Its gonna be a blast and I can’t wait.
How in the world did this happen?
"I don’t know. I was just mowing lawns. Then one day, I got a call"
I’d obviously never compare myself to David but I wonder if he said something like that when people asked him how he became king.
"I don’t know. I was just tending sheep. Then one day while delivering pizza to the troops, there was this giant..."
What about Esther?
"I don’t know. I was just a slave girl. Then one day I got called into the Kings palace..."
"I don’t know. I was just in prison. Then one day the king called me up and I became the 2nd most powerful man in the most powerful empire in the world..."
Then there’s you. I wonder what you'll say.
"I don’t know. I was just doing ______ faithfully. Then one day ______ happened.."
Friends, waiting is never wasted time with Jesus (Via Louie Giglio). There's always work to be done in the waiting period.
I don’t care how meaningless it seems, we have to be faithful where we are if we want to be used by God.
Not everyone will do a tour (my specific call) but everyone was made to do something GREAT. I believe that with all my heart. You were made to do something great for Gods glory.
The question is, will you first be faithful with something small that is seemingly irrelevant?
Where has God put you?
What are you currently doing that has nothing to do with your dreams (what you’re waiting for)?
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